Ethnic minority boost
The standard APMS survey does not generate a large enough sample to be able to report in detail differences between ethnic minority groups. In 2000, alongside the APMS 2000 survey, the Ethnic Minority Psychiatric Illness Rates in the Community (EMPIRIC) survey was carried out and focussed on 5 different ethnic groups. In 2023 the APMS survey will feature an ethnic minority boost, this will be carried out as a separate sample from the main survey and will focus on the following 6 groups; Black African, Black Caribbean, Mixed (White and Black Caribbean or White and Black African), Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi. This is to ensure that the APMS survey is truly inclusive and showing a true representation of the many diverse communities with the UK. NatCen are collaborating with Words of Colour, an agency specialising in communicating with communities of colour and ethnicity, to help promote the survey.
As with the ethnic minority boost, this is an addition to the 2023 survey. Previous surveys have shown that people from more deprived areas are more likely to have certain mental health problems. Therefore, increasing the numbers of participants from deprived areas will enable more in-depth analysis and provide more detailed data to enable the analysis of health inequalities by area deprivation.
The 2023 survey will also cover questions around eating disorders, which were last collected in APMS 2007. For the first time eating disorders will also be investigated as part of the Phase 2 survey which is led by the University of Leicester. Inclusion in phase 2 will allow prevalence figures for eating disorders to be reported.